Defensins--components of the innate immune system in plants.

Abstract

Plant defensins are small (c.a. 5 kDa), basic, cysteine-rich proteins with antimicrobial activities. They are ubiquitous in plants and form part of the innate immunity arsenal. Plant defensins are encoded by small multigene families and are expressed in various plant tissues, but are best characterized in seeds. They are typically produced as preproteins… (More)

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